Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas ! Troy and I woke up this morning in our house! Our first Christmas at the house! We opened a few presents, ate breakfast then headed to Troy's parents house to watch them open their presents. Lots of socks and underwear this year! I then went to the community christmas to help. I organized the children's area. Lots of people there! There were about 400 people there to volunteer and enjoy in the meal. It was a great event and I know that people enjoyed themselves :) I then headed to parents house to visit and eat supper with my family. My papa and his wife came from the valley to enjoy the meal too, it was nice to see them. I'm exhausted though! Off to bed

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

tempted by alas!

I did okay this year. Most of my gifts were homemade or handmade... but not 100%. I did the best that I could due to the fact that I just wasn't 'with it' this year when it came to Christmas. My free time has been very minimal, but I'm not complaining. Sometimes it's hard when you are tempted to by cheap best eyelash enhancer instead of something more expensive but handmade. I avoided Walmart this whole holiday season which made me really happy! I'm happy with my purchases epecially something special for Troy, I can't wait for him to open it!
:)

a time for that

Christmas. A time to make small talk! A time to see people you haven't seen in forever. A time to explain 'no, i'm not in college, i graduated over four years ago'. A time for that. I'm cynical, but I really like visiting and talking with people who really care about me all year round, not just around Christmas because that's the thing to do. To talk about up coming Dental Assistant Jobs for people, school, work, pets, how everyone is just 'so busy'... it gets to me... keeps my cynical I guess. I'll enjoy my Christmas even though I won't have a tidy house for people to visit and my cooking to perfection. They'll just have to deal with it!

a fence - yay!

This week is almost over - crazy! Only a few more days till Christmas and I feel like I'm going crazy. I'm finally sending some money off to Kenya tomorrow. I hope it works! I have to send it in US funds - it's a bit complicated! I'm so excited and Brian and Susan are going to work through everything and make sure that everything gets done appropriately which is very comforting. I'll post in my other blog all the updates! Yay!

Monday, December 19, 2011

uniformity?

When I took my ECE back going on five years ago we were encouraged to wear scrubs. It helped us look professional and like a unified team. I liked it because you didn't have to worry a whole lot about your 'nice' clothes even though I really don't have 'nice' clothes. This Cherokee uniforms website has a lot of variety on scrubs and other uniforms. I know a lot of people don't like uniforms but I don't mind them. Kenyan schools are pretty hardcore about their uniforms. The children wear them. I don't know how they really feel about it, but I like it because then noone can noticed an socio-economic difference between children.

week before christmas

Working at the YMCA most days over the Christmas holiday! I still have my other little bits and pieces of jobs here and there but it's keeping me busy for sure. When I was working at the front dkes at the YMCA on Saturday I got lots done but my receipt printer wasn't working which was really frustrating! I won't be working on the front desk until the new year though which is too bad because I enjoy doing it. I only work on it on Saturday mornings but it's not bad, I'm off and 1:00pm and still have the whole day to do stuff! I'm pretty busy this week getting stuff together. I'm almost done my shopping which is nice. I'm not going too crazy this year - just don't have the funds for it.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Bridgewater Community Christmas


I'm helping out this year with the Bridgewater Community Christmas. I helped out the first year playing background guitar music which was fun. Last year I was going to help again but I didn't since my grandfather was in the hospital. This year they asked me to be on the 'core team' which was thoughtful. I'm helping out with facilities and atmosphere as well as organizing the children's area. It's going to be a lot of fun and I'm really looking forward to seeing how we are going to pull it all together. There are so many little bits and pieces that fit together to make this a huge success! This afternoon is the volunteer orientation... should be fun!

only a few more days left

Troy keeps bugging me what I want for Christmas! With only a few shopping days left - I don't know! I always want practical things and with the new house pretty much everything I want is practical. I need curtain rods and curtains in a big way! It would be nice to get something extra special like jewelry, these scott kay rings are nice but I just can't see myself getting anything like that right now, I need practical! The house is finally starting to come together. This week I have to finish my Christmas shopping. I'm stuck on my Dad but I have pretty much everyone else good to go. I even got Troy a few things!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

come together, right now

Things are coming together with the Kenya farm project. A little slower than anticipated but I finally have my first amount to send away next week. I'm gathing my last bits and pieces and then will send it off! I'm very excited about doing this to start the work on the farm! The amount I'll be sending is $2000 and they were all donations! This will help start the fencing of the land as well as clearing the land to get some work started. The next amount will be for the well which will be a way bigger chunk and a bit more difficult to get, but we can do it for sure! I'll post photos soon.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I never knew buying a house would make me have to buy a lot of STUFF! I had an apartment so I thought I had plenty of things, but boy was a wrong, just things that you don't really think about. I have to get a new showerhead for example, new curtins, curtain rods, etc. I need a new hose for when we have a garden and berry bushes next year (that's the plan anyways). I don't need a heavy duty hydraulic hose or anything like that, but everything certainly does add up that's for sure! Christmas won't be too exciting this year just because I've been spending so much money of nesseary things. All my money this month is going towards a new countertop. Boo!

hiking and backpacking and africa?

I can't help it. I love searching out new hiking equipment or stuff that would be great to take to Kenya with me. One thing I regretted not taking with me last time was a mini day pack that I could take around me when I go out into the community. I checked out kelty backpacks and they are pretty sweet. I think next time I go to Kenya I won't really have to buy anything except for a daypack since I have everything and I didn't even use some of the things I took with me (buy spray). So with that being said, looks like I may go back again in August. I may even have a little group going with me which is really exciting! :)

The list

I can't believe it's Christmas! So much has happened in 2011. Shall I make a list of the highlights:

1. Got married!
2. Took a train across the country on a five week vacation
3. Bought a house and started renovations
4. Quit a job and got a new one
5. Visited Kenya
6. Started the beginnings on a charity
7. Made new friends and kept the old :)

I think that's a pretty good list. Who knows whats going to happen until the end of the month, lots more maybe? :)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas shopping

Tomorrow I'm going to start my Christmas shopping. I'm usually pretty much done by now so it's a bit stressful just starting now. I don't have too much to buy which is nice but I'm stuck on what to get for gifts. My mother has mentioned in the past that she likes mothers rings, so thaty may be a nice gift for her. I like handmade of course so I'll check out the craft shows first and see what I can find. The last two years I bought Ma and Pa a nice photo/picture in a frame, so I can't do that again! I'm stuck on my sister as well. I won't have to worry too much about Troy I don't think since we have spent so much on our house we aren't expecting anything. We'll see!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Kenya Farm

Alright. I've been writing a lot about the Kenya Farm project that I'm working on at the moment and I've started a separate blog just for the farm and everything that's going on with that. Check it out here: Kenya Farm.org It looks like some pieces are coming together and I'm excited about what this is all going to look like very soon. I have some cards available for those who want to donate to the project in someone's name for the holiday season. I should be receiving them in the mail soon and will post a photo of them when I receive them, I'm very excited about that! More soon!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

gift shopping

I've been starting to think about Christmas. Usually this time by now I'm done my shopping but I haven't even starte this year, been so busy with lots of stuff... new jobs, house, charity stuff :) I like shopping online and found some great retirement gifts for the foodie. Perfect gifts for people who love food! It's nice to get and give treats like these sometimes! I don't know how creative my gifts will be this year, but I'll try to do something unqiue for people! I'm going to try and hit up a craft show or two but it's tricky now that I work on Saturday's. I'll post an update on that soon.

Friday, October 21, 2011

getting the house ready

Things are coming together and we should be in the house within the next few weeks I'm happy to announce! I've been searching for some things, like furniture, I have zero furniture really. I'm trying to collect up some old used pieces. Wicker Emporium has some very beautiful furniture on sale, I hope to get a piece or two! I checked out this website that has the best prices for refrigerators. I have one like one from the page which is nice. My kitchen is pretty much set I just need a countertop for my new cupboards (which is expensive) and a nice set of knives. :) Other than that I'm okay for that I think. Leah's wedding tomorrow :)

Come For a Party...


I'm so happy that I have the support of the Petite Rivere Winery. They are helping me host a benefit event party to raise money for the well for the women's farm. I'm so happy to annouce that this poster has been made and I'm distributing it within the next few days. There will be some great music with local and Canadian talent from B.C, food, and lots of great company! I hope everyone who reads this who is from the South Shore tries to attend!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

and a wedding we will go :)

I'm going to a wedding on Saturday about a 4 - 5 hour drive away from where I live. I'm looking forward to this little road trip, not the cost of driving there but getting away for the night will be nice! I'm not sure exactly where I'm going but I think it will be okay. I don't have a gps, I never really needed one, but one would come in handy sometimes. I saw this garmin gps for golfing in particular. Looked interested. Not for the golf part, but GPS's all together are pretty rad. I'm excited about wearing a dress! haha. Funny I know. I'm not too concern about looking crazy amazing but it will be nice to play dress up. I don't know how it will all work out driving there and getting ready but we will manage!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

feeling ugh

I'm feeling really frustrated right about now. I feel completely... okay... not completely but really unsupported by the people who I would thought support me with my Kenya project. I know that people are busy, but I really feel what I'm asking is not unreasonable. If my friends were really my true friends... wouldn't they want to help me? It's not even helping me... it's helping those women to help themselves! It makes me feel really sad and lonely. It's funny because it's people who I wouldn't have ever thought to support me, are, which makes me almost want to cry and feel love to those new kindred spirits in my life but I feel sad for everyone else.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

eloping is fun

I do not regret eloping. I look back and think about and it was fun, adventurous, cheaper than a traditional wedding, exciting, I could go on and on. I love my wedding ring and wear it everyday. I found these sweet stainless steel rings and I love the simplisity of them. If something ever happens to my wedding ring and can't get it replaced (since it's handmade and the people could stop making them) I would probably get a stainless steel one. I was talking with a coworker today about eloping and she said she would consider doing that since she doesn't like to be the centre of attention, and I agreed that's one reason why I eloped. :)

time will come

Last night was fun, I went to the city and spent time with friends, new and old at my friend's stagette party. The best part was the Korean grill. They changed their menu all around which isn't cool but it was still a fun experience. This weekend we are going to PEI to visit my family, grandmother, aunt, 15 month old cousin, I'm very excited!~ I haven't seen them for many months so I'm stoked to see them! I've got some plans up my sleeve about fundraising for my Kenya farm project which will all be revealed soon!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

insurance

My home insurance is doing this really awesome contest where you could win money (and LOTS of it) for a community project. Too bad my project is global and not local or I would apply. I would love to do something for it but I just don't have enough hours in the day. I didn't even know you could get wholesale life insurance until I came across that site. Isn't that interesting, I guess maybe it cuts out the middle man? Not sure. Having a good week so far can't believe the weekend is almost here :) I'll be busy working on the housie

So far so good!

Things are going well. I'm working at the YMCA which is very interesting. I never knew so much about the YMCA until now! I didn't realize they were a charity and they have assistance for those who want to join the gym but have a low income. Pretty awesome. I really enjoy the children so far. I'm suppose to start on the fron desk next week as well. Everyone is all really nice :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

take heart

The campaign is lauched and now it's the waiting game to see how people are going to respond... how many donations we are going to get, etc. It's all I think about! I'm thinking about doing some information at farmers markets, either booths or flyers. We'll see. Lunenburg market is next week so I'll have to wait and see about that one. I was checking out firstgear and they had a Kenya jacket. I thought that was really cute. It would be way too warm for their climate in summer though I'm sure! Their winter is warm enough. I only found one evening chilly but that was because it was so windy. I miss my family in Kenya so much. :(

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Makindu Friends Project

I have officially launched my online fundraising campaign to help raise money to build a sustainable farm for a group of 37 women and their families in rural Kenya. I'm really excited about this project and am really excited about the potential something like this can bring to the families in Kenya. If we focus on these types of projects instead of relief food, sponsoring children, etc. the citizens will be able to support themselves and not have to rely on us westerners! Please check out Kenyafarm.org for more information about how you can support the project! There is a video with footage from my latest trip there as well as donation incentives! Thanks!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

oh what a summer

What a summer we have had. Things have been breaking left and right. Someone decided they wanted to back into my car 2 weekends ago now $2500ish later it is waiting to be fixed. The man who did the damage is going to pay for it though which is good. Troy's truck broke down last week and had a fix the break lines and his mower broke down today! Craziness!
The house is coming along.... I'll post new photos soon. Troy is thinking about making the garage into a little workshop. He's thinking about getting some nice tools for working on his ever breaking machines, aIngersoll rand compressor, better wrenchs and tools in general.
It's going to be an interesting autumn. I don't know what it's going to have in store for us!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

hello weekend :)

It's the weekend. I start my second part time job next week. It's kinda strange how I have numerous part time jobs, it's going to be tricky to keep them all in order but I think it will keep me busy with all the running around and not doing the same thing every day. Ma and Pa are gone to Montreal to buy a smart car this weekend but they should be back this evening. I'm house sitting (cats) and going to do some cleaning this morning. Troy had to go and give a quote for something. I was going to go to a firemans breakfast but I didn't get myself in gear early enough. :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Halloween

To raise some money for a few different projects in Makindu I'm thinking about having a halloween party at a loca fire hall. I haven't decided full yet since I don't know if I would have enough interest or not. I would haev to start shopping for indoor halloween d├ęcor now since things get picked over very quickly at the different stores. It's crazy to start thinking about Halloween at this time but you really do have to give yourself some time to start thinking or you'll run out of time!

400 books delivered!


I'm back from Kenya. It feels like it was a dream, like it didn't actually happen, but! I had such a wonderful time. I have made some amazing friendships, met some amazing women and children and had an all around good time. The photo here is from Syengoni Primary School where I delivered 400 donated books. We organized a library for the school as well since they didn't have one since they had no books or a reason to have a system. It was great and I think they will love reading!

Monday, August 29, 2011

a purse or not to purse

I haven't heard about this until recently but people I swipe your identity just by scanning your purse or wallet and the cards inside with a machine. They have these rfid blocking wallets that you can protect yourself from people scanning your purse/wallet. It's crazy what this world is coming to that you have to protect yourself from this kind of electronic theft, it's insane! I know I was careful when I was on my trip that I had all of my personal cards and passport close to me at all times (especially in the city - not so much in the rural). You do have to be very aware especially when you are in an African country and being white... you stick out like a sore thumb.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Kenya bound

I'm off to Kenya tonight! Boy that came really fast. I can't believe it! No more work at DFC (which makes me sad) and no more city life. I'm currently homeless right now just because we have been working on the house but things are starting to come together very nicely. The electricians and carpenders are there today working away. I'm sure everything will be piecing together very nicely for when I get back. Here's hoping at least. Wish me luck on my trip!! Can't wait to come back and write all about it.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

First Aid Kit - Our Own Pretty Ways


My new favourite band. Two girls from Sweden I believe. They sound so beautiful together, they are sisters and very young! So talented. I learned some of their songs on guitar, pretty easy chord progressions which is nice. I sat around home this evening learning songs by "The Tallest Man on Earth" as well, it was pleasant ;)

cha-nged.

It's summertime so that means, getting out! Enjoying the sun! Playing! Swimming! It's nice, but sometimes it's too hot, these last few days and last week it was TOO hot. I shouldn't complain but I like a 'happy medium' when it comes to weather that's why I like spring and autumn so much. You don't appreciate those two seasons since they seem to go by so quickly. Lots of people around are trying to loose weight. I'm not trying to loose weight but I need to start getting more active, I've been pretty lazy. It is hard when the sun sucks all your energy. I'm not one of women who would try and find diet pill that works. It's not really my thing. I do get really happy and proud of people and friends who accomplish their health goals, it makes me happy :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

July july ju-l-yyyy

Every time I hear the word "July" I think of The Decemberist's song and it makes me happy. Boy, was it warm today. I made sure I wore sunscreen! I was sore all day though because when I was at the house last night doing just a smidgen of work I must have pulled a muscle in my shoulder and now it hurts to move it and it's just so sore to turn my head. ugh! I was very sore this morning when I woke up so I'm not looking forward to sleeping this evening.

I've been trying my hardest to save up some moola since I only have two weeks of work left which is pretty insane! I'm excited about my new and up-coming projects but nervous about everything at the same time. I really don't want to get myself into using my credit card a lot or using cash advances, so here's hoping (and praying) things turn out the way I hope!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

to stress or not to stress?

I have a lot of changes coming up! I feel like I should be stressed but I’m not really. The only thing I’m really stressed about is my trip to Kenya. The house, job, everything around moving… not that stressful! I HATE moving, and am not looking forward to that at all but I’m not really stressed about. It’s great that Troy has a truck or maybe I wouldn’t be as calm. I would hate to hire a mover and have to deal with all of that. It would be awful. I have 2 weeks of work left which is crazy after being there for four years! It’s been great and I’m going to miss everyone but having my own house, space, land, is going to be so nice and relaxing! I’m looking forward to that for sure!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Kenya Book Project


I'm still fundraising for my Kenya Book Project! I'm looking for more donations and will put up a link soon on how you can help!

Friday, July 1, 2011


Happy Canada Day everyone!!

Troy and I sold cotton candy in Kentville to raise money for my trip to Kenya!!! We were very busy and sold lots to some (now very hyper I'm sure) children! Tonight we are going to see the free "The Trews" concert. They are a pretty good band and should be very good to see. The last two years Joel Plaskett played and he was awesome so lets hope they are just as good! The fireworks aren't always that great, but lets hope!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

oh Canada...

It's almost Canada Day! I know it's officially summer when Canada Day arrives! I will be selling cotton candy in Kentville as a fundraiser to help take my many books and school supplies to Kenya with me in August so wish me luck that I have a lot of sugar fiends at the event and I sell lots and lots to help offset my costs! (That rhymes!) I'm also doing some other fundraising efforts a book sale on July 9th at the Bridgewater Baptist church and a comedy show that I'm selling tickets for so horrah!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Kenya!

It's official! I'm going to Kenya! Our Thailand trip fell through is was sad but worked out in the in because my friend Brian will be available to take me to a community for donate supplies and volunteer there at the school which is very exciting! I would love to take something like a portables with me to be able to keep in contact with my friends and family (TROY!) but I don't see that happening. I have a few fundraising efforts in place to try and raise some $$$ to pay to bring lots (700 plus) with me which is a bit tricky to do since they are so heavy! We'll see!

hard at work!


Troy and I have been very busy on the weekends working on the house! In this picture Troy is yes, taking down a wall. We've taken down a few walls so far, taken out the chimney, scrapped glue off floors... very busy. Once we get the electrical redone we are going to be set to start painting and moving things in which is really exciting! I hope within a few weeks!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Good night

Wednesdays are always long days at work... that's when I come home... soak my feet in bath sea salt, pop in a documentry and 'try' to relax. It's hard when there is some much I've been thinking about lately. I'm taking Friday off to go down and work on the house! So excited but there is just so much to do so it's a bit overwhelming at the same time. I have a lot of stuff going on in my personal and work life lately. Fun, but not at the same time. I was nervous about my day today but it went a lot better than I thought. Now I'm going to go to bed soon and pass out! Busy day again tomorrow.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

very excited

I can't believe everything with the house is coming together! I have been searching out things for renovation like pergo floors and paints, anything I can think of. To start with we are upgrading the electrical. I can't wait to get a sledgehammer and start smashing stuff! We aren't going to go too too crazy in the beginning. There are just a few things that we are going to do to start off with which won't cost a lot of money like taking out the chimney, taking up the carpets, paintings, etc. You could spend a pretty penny on fixing a place up so we are really going to have to pace ourselves.

My house!


Here's a photo of the house I'm going to own as of June 1st, which isn't even a week away, which is insane. I thought when we started to do this whole process that June 1st seemed like forever away and how it's just around the corner!

just my opinion

When I went to my friends house last night for the fondue party they were watching some trashy television. I don't really get shows about alcohol treatment centers for adults and teenagers. I guess it makes for interesting television but who really wants to sit around watching that... ok I guess a lot of people, but why? What do we get out of watching people suffering from an addiction of all things. It's really a personal problem that doesn't have a place in television in my humble opinion. I really don't like those shows about young mom's. It just enhances the stereotype of a 'young mom'. Teenage pregnancy has been declining steadily since the 1960s.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

moving on!

Tomorrow is my sister's graduation which is very excited. This is her third university one so it's not novel. My parents, sister and I are going out for dinner after her ceremony so that will be nice. Last year we didn't get a chance to do anything I remember because my dad wasn't feeling well. I always like an excuse for a new special occasion dresses, but I think it's a bit too late for that. I try not to buy anything unless I get rid of something else in my closet. Oh well!

Fondue Party!

This evening I had a very lovely evening with some friends. Caleigh had some of us over for a 'fondue party!' we had a meat fondue and then chocolate with fruits, it was super tasty. We then sat around and watched silly youtube videos and chatted about different things. two of the ladies there I don't really know very well, but it was nice to get to know them!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

insurance

Since I'm going to be out of a job with benefits I'm going to have to start looking for insurance. I wonder how wholesale insurance works I found this http://www.wholesaleinsurance.net/ website, but I guess I'm going to have to look into it more and see. That's the crappy part about being self employed, pay your own insurance and all that jazz. I'm not going to look forward to that. We'll see what kind of work I'll be able to find in the fall. I'm nervous and excited to see what's going to happen. I'm glad I'll have some money saved up for bills though once I'm done DFC.

the forest

Not sure if I mentioned this or not but we went and walked the perimeter of our 44 acres of land that we are buying alongside the house. The owners, sons, who are looking after the place to sell it were kind enough to walk it with us. My dad kept up with us and it was very murky and swampy with hills. I didn't get wet though, I borrowed my mom's rubber boots. Troy was thinking about getting an atv or something to pull out some of the wood to use in the wood stove. It's softwood which isn't all that great but better than nothing. His parents have an atv now but he's been on the hunt now for ATV Parts and they are hard to come by for older machines. I'm excited to have the land and it's going to make a great hobby farm too which I'm very excited about. I can't wait to grow my own veggies!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

2 grey jays

I took this photo from a video that Troy took when we hiked up the mountain in Vancouver, BC. At the top oft he mountain they had these great grey jays that could come and eat out of your hand, off your head (as you can see both in this picture) and anywhere. It was a great day that ended of with great company.

house house house

My mind can't keep still. I've been thinking so much about how I'm going to make my house "my house" if that makes any sense. I want to try and make it 'homey' as much as I can as soon as I can but that may get a bit tricky since we have a lot of work to do before hand. We have to redo all the electrical, take out and put in a new stove and chimney, take up the carpet, paint, etc. We've been thinking about WeGotPumps water pumps too and other things for the basement.

fun jewelry

I bought my mom a really cute pair of purple shell earrings for mothers day a few weeks ago but I found these really cute mday necklaces here that are perfect for women. They have a really cute family necklace that has parents and children holding hands, super cute.
It's been a pretty quiet weekend for me. I have a meeting tomorrow but other than that it's been pretty chill. I even have a three day weekend because of Victoria Day which is nice, so this week I'll only have a 4 day week which is great.

Kitty cat love

This little mouse that Elliot is playing with here is Esme's favourite mouse which I found funny so I took a picture of it. They (Elliot and Esme) are visiting their grandparents this weekend. :) Today Troy, Dad, Evan and I walked the lines of the property today. It was a long 44 acres, but it was great.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

hair care

I feel really sad for those people who are looking for a hair loss product. I definitely don't have that problem... if anything I have way too much hair I don't know what to do with it all. I'm tempted to chop it all off again but I'm not sure. I probably shouldn't for awhile. I would like to grow it, but that's NOT going to happen. I always think it's a good idea but then I just freak out and chop more it off that I would have if I just got it cut eariler. Complicated? I do hate spending time on my hair. I hate everything about trying to look pretty :P

wrinkly sparkly eyes

I like crinkly eyes. One of my wishes is to have 'sparkly' eyes. You know when you look and someone and say to yourself "WOW" because there eyes pop and sparkly and you can't help but admire them. Yes that's one of my secret desires that all of you who read this blog can read and say... ohhhh? I see....? :)
There are many products that claim to help wrinkles, dark cirles like this eyelastin reviews. Ok yes, I'm not a fan of dark circles. I would prefer not to look like I was just double punched by an angry mob on the way to the supermarket... but I like 'laugh lines', wrinkly cute eyes. I think they are beautiful. It shows how people age with beauty and happiness... or maybe I'm just too sappy!

life list plus family tree equals happy and accomplished me

I've been working on My Life List lately trying to get all of my goals, hopes and dreams in order so I can actually accomplish them. Since I've created my lifelist it's made me really gung-ho to really go and complete things! I've started working on a "family tree" which is something that I put on my life list. I've put quite a bit of time into it so far and I just started it not even a week ago! Woo!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

moola!

I see so many businesses around lately Selling Gold Jewelry. I found a gold wedding band about two years ago, I put up and ad but heard nothing back so I went to one of those places that buy gold and I got $60 for it! I thought that was pretty sweet for something that I had just found! I do have one ring that maybe I'll take somewhere and see what someone will give me for it. I'm never going to wear it and it's hard to sell it second hand. Might as well if it's just laying around collecting dust. I can't imagine all those people who have lots of jewelry and never wear it. They might as well sell it and get some moola! :)

rolling in the deep.

I keep thinking about the things I am going to (hopefully) buy for the new house. I'm thinking I'll wait on a few things like tv mounts and buy those kinds of things for Christmas time. I'm just getting antsy now and time is slowing since I'm waiting for June 1st to arrive. I'm hoping everything goes through okay, it is just a waiting game right now trying to hear back from the mortgage broker who is being kind of weird right now. It's hard to guess everything when we've never done this kind of thing before and of course people who do it for a living understand and think that we should know how things work and we just don't. Oh well.

Monday, May 16, 2011

from the weekend


Here's a super cute photo from the weekend of my cousin Elisha! He is so freakin' adorable and a VERY busy 14 month old. He's not walking...he's running, and he has A LOT to say. I can't wait to see him again. It was fun getting a chance to visit with the family. I just wish it could have been longer!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

new things

I'm going to be learning a lot of new things in the next few months. What's is like to own a home and everything that goes along with that. Travelling and learning abot new cultures and my business that I'm going to (try) start in September. I finally have some classes organized and will post the website soon. I'm going to have to get some sort of document management so that I can organize all of my files, registration of classes and the like. I'm very excited and I'm really hoping for the best! Wish me luck! If you know of any parents have a baby in the next few months let them know! Spread the word!

Rain


It's been raining here pretty much 3 weeks straight and we are expecting more this week. It definitely doesn't help people like Troy who depend on clear nice weather to work and make moola! It doesn't bother me too much. When it's raining so much it do get tired and lazy. Today was a nice lazy day. We went to the market, had chinese food i worked on my infant massage doll (not finished yet) and listened to music. It was nice. Back to work tomorrow!

Friday, May 13, 2011

House update

So things are of course a wee bit complicated as any big decision is but things are looking up for the house situation. If everything goes well we will have everything finalized for June 1. Things are coming together and starting to get very exciting! I fall asleep at night thinking about all the things that I’m going to do when I move in, what colours the walls are going to be, floors, furniture, all that jazz. We do have a small amount of ‘new’ stuff that we are going to have to buy. I’m really excited about getting a deep freeze and start a garden next year. We are going to probably looking to some sort of home automation, because you just never know even though we are in the ‘boonies’. *smile!*

PEI Love

I’m in PEI right now visiting my family. It’s wonderful. My aunt, uncle and cousin (14 months old!) left today to go back to their home in Illinois, US. It’s sad that I only get to see them maybe twice a year (but at least once!) but it was a wonderful visit. I came over by myself, good thing I have roadside assistance. My grandparents are gone to the hospital now for a procedure and I expect them back anytime now. I am heading back at some point tomorrow. I don’t know if I’ll see Troy this weekend or not because it’s been raining nonstop for two weeks now and it’s suppose to be nice tomorrow and Sunday so he may end up working this weekend… that’s my guess anyways.

fundraiser and Thailand

Plans for Thailand are coming together. My fundraiser isn’t going so well, I’m not getting the amount of people that I really hoped for to sign up for my photo scavenger hunt but that’s okay I’m just going to probably take all the wonderful prizes that I got and raffle them off as a Halifax summer fun basket since there are tickets and passes to do some really fun things in and around Halifax! I’ll post after I have that organized just in case anyone is interested :)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

i love warmth

I love summer. I love fire pits. I just love the smell of wood burning outside. I don't like the smoke, but I love collecting sticks, roasting marshmallows. I don't like the flies. The black flies were really bad last weekend already, and I got a lot of nasty bites already that are still bothering me! I can't wait till we are settled in our house and can have campfires then go into a cosy warm house, especially in the autumn. I'm a little sad about leaving the city, I'm going to miss working with the ladies at work (most of them anyways) and seeing people/friends that I made up here, but I hope to visit often.
There is so much going on these next few months I'm not sure how I'm going to keep up! :)

smell the flowers...

It's Mothers Day this weekend. I didn't know where I would be and what I would be doing so I gave my Mom her present last weekend. I bought some very pretty purple shell earrings - handmade of course. I never really send flowers to anyone but I was thinking about for Troy's mom to send flowers cheap to her maybe sometime next week - I think she would really like that. She never really wants anything so flowers are nice, maybe even ones that she can plant outside would be lovely.

planning!


I had a meeting with the ladies about our Thailand missions trip in August. I do feel much better about it now that I've met with them and we were able to hash out and talk about everyting for a few hours. I met the other member of our team and she seems very sweet! I just have to now allow things to unfold as they may! I'm really excited about how everything is coming together though. We have some great fundraisers planned!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

a simple wednesday night...

I know so many people who went down south this past winter. A lot people I know went to the Dominican. I always hear about cohiba cigars dominican... why do people go down south and buy cigars? Are they more authentic? Is the tobacco grown there so they are a bit more fresh, natural? I have really no idea so someone has to give me some 'cigar education' lessons.

Glad the weekend is coming (of course). I don't really have any plans, which is probably a good thing. I spent last weekend doing a lot of running around and errands, very busy so hopefully this weekend will be pretty chill. :)

the sorrows away...

I was cleaning up all of my 'stuff' in my parents garage over the weekend. I didn't get rid of a lot of stuff because this was my third or fourth time going through things but I did a lot of compiling of stuff. I found a store that I wrote... I'm not sure how old I was but it was the story I wrote when I got hit by a truck. I must have been about 7 I would guess when I wrote it... and when i was reading it was more funny than sorrowful. I drew a picture of myself laying in the ditch and the caption was "I was really sad when I was laying in the ditch." I'm now like... OF COURSE YOU WERE!
I don't remember anything being at the hospital and I don't think I have any hospital fears because of this. I am mostly scared of all the weird instruments, electrosurgery, devices... all that crazy stuff when invovled with surgery. The thought of cutting someone open freaks me out and makes me shudder.
I found some very neat things to say the least when i was cleaning. Troy was laughing at my many journals.

Monday, May 2, 2011

VOTE


I was pretty passionate about politics this time 'round. I painted this sign on my windows to help remind people to vote today! I'm glad to say that the person I wanted to win in my area did, but I'm hoping with some good outcomes this evening. I'm working on my infant massage website while I watch the results so it's a waiting game for sure.
Things are looking up. Okay, well they aren't looking up, moreso just neutral. We have had a couple of inspections for the house that we (Troy and I) are hoping to buy. We could potentially be home owners a month from now! We have some things we need to get in order before final decisions can be made since we would have a lot of fixing to do. I'm already shopping in my mind though and thinking about all the random things that I want to buy, random things like metal hoses, flooring, what colours to paint the walls, buckets, wall hangings, a new tv maybe?! We'll see, we'll see !

cookies and yoga.

When grocery shopping before I sat down to watch the election. The cashier was so slow with the barcode scanners thingy that I was getting antsy. I'm just complaining because I wanted to go home and eat cookies. Yoga tonight was nice. It was very relaxing. It's interesting to go to a relaxing class and an intense (sweat your butt off) class. Two extremes for sure.

It's going to be a busy busy week at work. Going to meet with the ladies about Thailand stuff on Thursday which will be really nice. We have some fundraising things that are (hopefully) going on so lots to discuss!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Supper!


I did want to post this picture though (continue from last post). This is what I've been eating all week. Hummus with baked tortilla crisps, tabblouh (made with rice instead of bulgar) and veggies. I hadn't had hummus in such a long time, I was craving it... still am and it's all gone! I made it this time in my magic bullet and it worked well... not as good as the food processor that my grandmother gave me (I LOVE that thing!) but good enough to eat!

healthy eating?

I've been on a health kick. I came home today for lunch and watched Dr. Oz with Troy and of course he confirms even more for me to become a vegetarian. I read so many weight loss programs one being HCG diet Austin. I'm sure some of them are awesome, but I don't know I'm skeptical. But I'm skeptical about everything, even about different food how healthy are they really.
I've been eating lots of rice and beans of course. Those are the staples in my diet along with vegetables and fruit. The eating plan I heard about today though said NO dairy! I would be so sad without cheese or yogurt! I don't know if I could do that part. Once I started paying more attention to my body I don't feel great after eating meat. I ate so much of it on the weekend with Easter dinners that I felt sluggish and so tired for hours after eating ham, chicken or turkey. Something to think about...

Seven years oh my!

Troy woke me up the other night yelling something about soil. To dream about your work sucks! I think that I called people when I didn't in reality, just in my dreams, it's super iritating and makes you look lame. I've been looking for a personal anniversary gift for Troy. Soil? Hah! Even though we have a new anniversery (January 5) as of this year, I'm greedy and still want to keep my old one. We will be together seven (7!) years this upcoming Sunday - May 1st! I'm not sure if we are doing anything yet in particular. I'd like to go on a nice long hike somewhere, but we'll have to wait and see!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Goodbye April.

Wow April went by fast! Good thing I waited to put my summer tires on, some parts of the maritimes are getting snow this evening. That's just craziness. I think it's just rain here, but I haven't looked out the window lately.

Hello Easter! I get an extra extra long weekend which I'm so excited about. I want to spend it tramping around in the forest, maybe if I'm lucky I'll get lost. Maybe I'll spend a night or two back at the cabin, one can only hope!

I have a lot of strange things going on lately. Trying to fundraise for Thailand trip, get that going... house, moving, trying to jump start a new job, yoga-ing my butt off! So many new things coming up, which is scary but super exciting. Can't wait to go to PEI in a few weeks too!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Let's talk about babies!

So I'm set to do a few Infant Massage classes starting in September which is exciting! I am doing one through Bridgewater recreation as well as Chester Recreation. I'm planning on organizing one on my own in Mahone Bay. I'm not sure what the birth rate is in the area but I'm going to try and do a class with a minimum of six parents/babies. It will be interesting to start doing some conferences, lectures, talks, etc. on the benefits of infant massage. I am very interest in the whole idea of web conferencing. I think it's a great way introduce information and ideas with people who are from far away.

I would really love in five or so years to become an infant massage trainer! I think that would be a great career. I can't wait to start teaching classes full time!

spring !

What a beautiful day! The sun is shining, it's starting to feel like spring. It's windy, a bit chilly, but a wonderful spring so far that's for sure. Troy and I are going to pop by a local nursery sometime today or tomorrow and see if there any nice plants around yet.

I'm on the hunt for donations for the Photo Scavenger Hunt that I'm planning for next month. I'm looking for local, funky stuff, or passes to museums, etc. I've seen some nice Cancun jewelry from people have been going down south lately. They are good for gifts but not donations. I'm hoping that I'll be able to get some donations from lots of different places.
Wish me luck!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Vegetarian?

I'm pretty much a vegetarian now. I hardly eat meat. Once a week maybe. I try and get my protein through eggs, nuts, beans, etc. I have been strongly thinking about it this week. I've been watching some videos about it. Meat eating does have a major impact on the environment, greenhouse gases, etc. There are many reasons why I would become one. I am right now eating only free range stuff but it's so expensive I don't think I'd be able to keep that up. Beans it is?

house hunting

So Troy and I are going to look at some houses on Saturday. I'm so excited, I've been waiting for the weekend to come (surprised?). As of right now we are going to look at three and one that we've already seen once before about a month ago. We aren't looking for another fancy of course. Nothing with a pool or something like that. I wouldn't be able to handle the time the gear, the pool lifts, etc. We are just looking for a little farm house with a bit of land. Is that too much to ask!?

My apartment needs a good cleaning. I guess it doesn't matter that it's half past nine at night. Maybe I'll just wait till I get back on Sunday. I do hate leaving a dirty apartment though.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Opportunities

So I love Moksha like I mentioned before. The class this evening was pretty intense. I'm thinking about going for the rest of the week, I'm can't go this weekend though, Troy and I will be house hunting. I find the idea of franchises very interesting. I don't know how moksha works, if they are franchise or not, I'm assuming they are, but it would be great to have one in the Bridgewater area. I'm being completely biased though because I want to be able to go when I move back there. I joined there 7 week challenge that they have going on. This week is 'be healthy' which I've been pretty good this week, besides Troy's birthday cake yesterday. I'm considering being a vegetarian. I may eat meat once a week now, just because I don't like buying it, but I'm not sure yet if I'm ready to make the final leap. I know that I have been drifting this way for a long time now... so I have to give it a bit more thought :)

Monday, April 4, 2011

I heart groupon

I love Groupon! Today I bought a one month unlimited yoga pass to a studio in Halifax. Yoga classes can be extremely pricey so I'll pay that $40 for a month's 'all-you-can-yoga' pass. I love it. I don't buy a whole lot of stuff from groupon, teambuy, etc. But when I do see a deal that's good and I'll use it, I'll scoop it up. Sometimes weeks will go by before I something comes up that I'll like, but that's the beauty of it! :)

Home Show

Troy and I went to the Home Show on Saturday here in the city. We didn't really know what to expect but we had free ticket so we thought we may get some ideas for our future house. They had everything from windows, siding, flooring, hot tubs and hot tub covers, pools, saunas, landscaping, you name it. There was only one booth that we ended up staying and chatting - compostable toilets! We may end up getting one for our house. I think it will be a grand investment. I'm really looking forward to looking more into it and see if we can swing it. They are a lot easier to install that I thought, and less expensive than I thought too.
In the landscaping section Troy saw one of his instructors from NSCC that he really liked so that was a pleasant surprise. He remembered me too, which made me feel special :)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

oh the joy of pets

My cat, Elliot is his own micrometers. He likes to measure really small things. He is your typical cat who likes boxes, but it doesn't matter the size of the box he's giong to try and fit himself in it. I don't like having boxes all over the apartment, but I feel guilty if I take them away! My other cat, Esme has a little red mouse that she likes to play with. She's not too much into boxes like Elliot. They strive for attention though, they crave it. When I go to work during the day I have to sit and pet them forever when I get home. It's nice when Troy's around or friends because they can give them love, they are so spoiled ;)

Yoga weekend


I had a VERY yoga-fied weekend! Last night I went to an evening of yoga and sound healing by candlelight. It was really amazing. It was empowering yet relaxing. I love yoga because it makes me feel strong, inside and out. I checked out the yoga studio in Dartmouth this morning - Moksha (props go to Ben. B on yelp for the picture). It was a type of yoga I had never tried before. It's called 'hot yoga' where the room is heated up and boy, do you ever SWEAT!!! It's pretty intense to say the least. I bought the newbie one month pass so I'm going to go a few times a week to get my money's worth!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Osteopath

Troy has gone to an osteopath lately and really enjoyed it. Osteopath's are great because they are a more natural way of fixing aches and pains. Troy has tendinitis, sore back and knees. He found after three sessions it really helped. He of course won't know how he'll feel once he gets going again with lawn care again, but at least he is starting out with no aches. I like the idea of an osteopath, one of course because it's a more natural process and two because you don't get white coat syndrome because they don't wear medical scrubs.

Sick-oh?

I am glad I live in Canada. I keep watching documentaries from the staes, and I'm glad we don't have to deal with some of the issues, one being health care. The Sick-o documenary outlines the health care issues of the States. I wonder if they will get universal health care passed through government at some point. It's hard, beacuse then you have to pay a lot more taxes. We have a lot of problems with Mesothelioma cancer around here because of Agent Orange and asbestos that was in the area years ago. I was a documentary GasLand last night about the natural gas production in the states and how it's making people sick, giving people cancer and brain damage. It's pretty intense. I'm going to do some research on Canada's natural gas production.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Documentary kick!

I've been on a HUGE documentary kick.

Last Train Home - A film that follows a family's story in China. The Mother and Father 'had' to go away to the city to make money and provide for the family. The children stayed at home on the farm with their grandmother. The parents were very humble but after working in sweat shops for years, under gross conditions, fearing that their children will follow in their footsteps, putting pressure on them to succeed in school, was wearing on them. There is one day a year where the workers go home - Chinese New Year. The trains, buses, and transportation get booked up, and results in the largest human migration in the world. Such an interesting film.

Waste Land - A story about a Brazilian artist who goes to American and becomes a very famous, wealthy and unique (but yet still humble) artist. He decides to do a project in Rio's landfill (one of the biggest in the world) and create an art project. He ends up befriending some of the 'pickers' who work at the dump. 2500 - 3000 Brazilians are hired to be pickers. They pick out the plastic, glass, etc. that can be recycled. I don't want to give away the good parts of the documentary, but it's definitely worth a watch.

coming out of limbo

I'm getting excited about the weekend approaching (oh no, here we go again!). Troy and I have some houses lined up to go and see. We finally have the information we need for the mortgage broker so we will hopefully meet with him next week and get that all figured out. It's starting to all come together which is so exciting! It's always interesting when you go and see a house that was foreclosed. I saw this Outer Banks foreclosures website that has just that, all that, just foreclosures, which is pretty intense! Sometimes you can get a pretty good deal on a foreclosed house. There is a politian around here whose house was foreclosed. People were making a big deal about it, but it happens to so many people that people don't see it as shocking news anymore (well, unless you are in the media).
Weekend, woo!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring has sprung!

Troy's starting to get back to doing what he loves best - digging in the dirt! He's got some jobs lined up which is great. I think he's just excited to get his gear out and start using it. He's such a 'guy'. He bought one of those zero turn mowers last summer, which was a bit investment so it's nice not to worry this year about what he's going to have equipment wise. He loves his machines that for sure!
It surprisingly didn't feel like a long winter. I found the ice more annoying than the snow this year. I know I was travelling in it a bit, so I didn't have to shovel but when I got back I felt like I was constanelly using the ice pick. So much salt I had to use so I wouldn't slide down the driveway. There were a LOT of close calls.

Excited

I can't wait to see my baby cousin Eli and his family in May. They live in the States and try to get up every year for a visit. Eli just turned one years old this month, I haven''t seen him since September so I'm really looking forward to seeing him and the family! We will go up to PEI to visit. I've already asked for a few days off so I can go up. I may end up going by myself, Troy will probably be back into the swing of things at work, but it's hard to say. I hope he can go, he hasn't even met Eli yet! So sad. I'm going to be using some pictures of him for my Infant Massage website. I'll soon have that up and running which I'm very excited about!

house hunting again!

Troy and I are going house hunting AGAIN this weekend. We have I think about five more to look at, just crazy! After seeing this many I think it will really narrow down what we want and what we are looking for. Anyone who knows me, knows I'm far from being materialistic but I can't help dreaming about a new couch, cabinet knobs, finally have a deep freeze, really just random house stuff! We are going to go and meet again with the mortgage broker to see what he has to say. Being a grown up suck sometimes. Everything is complicated and stressful.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

thinking about the future

Troy and I are going to look at houses today. I get nervous because sometimes I get excited about certain ones then it can be disappointing when they aren't as good as you would hope them to be. We were going to look at three but now only two because one is being renting and the tenants don't want to get out for us to come and look at it! How frustrating. I was really looking forward to seeing it too. I'm going to try and save some money before we move into a place and buy some nice things to make it place 'our own' and buy some some nice le creuset kitchen ware. My pots and pans are becoming very pathetic. Value Village has helped to keep me going which is good, but I am going to try and get some nice things! Very excited!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

YWAM

So excited. I popped by the "Jesus to the Nations" conference and met with our team that are going to THAILAND. Yes, Thailand. There is a small team of us, 5 or 6 who are going for a few weeks to Thailand to do some work with the YWAM organization. My friend who is planning this trip has been to Thailand before, so that's very helpful. We met with the Canadians who are going to be there helping out in the community we are going to be in. We were up in the air, waiting to see where we would be called to, see where the missions people will be, so we talked about that a bit today. Looks like we are going to be in a city called "Ratchuberi", not sure if I spelt that right, but yah. :) It's very exciting to meet the people and get a sense of things that happening. Now I just have to do some fundraising! :)

great day

Today was a good day. When I woke up this morning I decided to walk down to the two markets that are in the city. It was nice to get my exercise, I've been feeling so sluggish these days, so I'm trying to get back into practicing yoga daily and walking more. I have been talking to a lot of people about online shopping lately and about how addictive it is. I find myself looking at some many different things, books, chamilia jewelry, stuff for our future house, etc. I've been trying to get rid of a lot of stuff in my apartment that I just don't need; minimalist, but sometimes it's hard when it comes to art supplies. I never know when I may been something.

Friday, March 25, 2011

the weeeekkend?

I keep seeing a pattern to my posts. I always talk about the weekend. I'm either sad that the weekend is over or happy that the weekend is coming. Well tonight was relaxed. Watched a documentary, I am obsessed. I got a haircut after work today, so I was a bit productive. It's funny how getting a haircut can make you want to change other things about yourself. I have in the past had ache, not bad enough to get back acne treatment but enough I wear a lot of make up. I'm thinking about wearing make up again. Just enough to look 'classy'.

I will probably clean up tomorrow, go to the market, then head over to the university to meet with the Thailand folks! I'll do a post about that I'm sure before the weekend is over. There I go now, talking about the weekend again!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

weekend soon!

So glad it's almost the weekend. I had a weird sickness this past week and took a day and a half off work. I had the flu, well flu like symptoms, but just didn't throw up. I'm finally feeling better and acutally had a bit to eat today. Work tomorrow then I'm off for the weekend. I'm meeting with some people on Saturday about going to Thailand, so I hope all goes well for that! I'm really looking forward to meeting everyone who's planning on going :)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Weekends over

I am sad. The weekend is over. It's been nice though and I do have some good things to look forward to during this week. I'm having a friend over for supper tomorrow night and seeing another friend on Thursday, which is great because I haven't seen either of them for a long time. I'm scared, and sad, about moving back to Bridgewater because I'm not going to have any friends there. I'm excited about being about to be with Troy in a house and start that part of my life, but it's going to be sad to be away from the friends that I have made up here. I will hopefully be able to come up and see them all the time.

I'm going to start the coupon factory tomorrow starting with the ProFlowers radio coupon code. I love when I can find some really awesome deals. It's really exciting, and even better when you can share them with others. When I find some really good ones, i'll post them on here... promise!

Hey Rosetta! - Yer Spring

I'm obsessed. I love this band. I love this song. Hey Rosetta! from Newfoundland, in my humble opinion, is a Canadian hidden gem. I really hope that they do really well for themselves. They have a really unique personal sound. A girl I work with, her boyfriend illustrated their new CD cover. Awesome.

Christmas already?

I've decided that I'm going to be really gung ho about getting Christmas over with early this year. I'm going to start making some things, working on collecting coupons and going out and buying things early, etc. I want to have things that are really personal, personal creations picture frame sets for an example. I think my goal is to be gone by October, which I think is completely realistic considering that I'm thinking about this already. I'm going to Thailand in August so I'll probably buy a lot of stuff there, which will be really nice.

complicated

Troy and I have been trying to budget lately. We are wanting to buy a house, so with that being said we are looking at our expenses and seeing what we should do. I'm thinking about calling around to the insurance companies and see if I can get some better rates, that could help a lot. We have a lot of people who are trying to tell us what to do, which is SUPER frustrating. I'm starting to get really angry about it. Troy's brother is trying to convince us to buy his house. Which is fine, but he's being super pushy and saying things about my income which is really none of his business... since i'll be leaving work and have to find a new job... which i'm not worried about, at. all.
It's a beautiful, yet cold day today. This weekend so far has been a pretty lazy one, so I'm actually going to get outside for a nice long walk today. I've been lazy lately, really ever since I got back from my trip, so I need to get myself organized! I need to start being productive!! I think I'll take my camera with me this morning when we go for a walk, that will be nice.

Friday, March 18, 2011

horray for the internet

I'm so happy for my friend Caleigh. She's on free online dating sites. So excited. I know she's going to find someone special. She's a really great person and seems to attract good people. I know anyone who will fall in love with her personality will be good to her. It's nice to have friends that don't have a hidden agenda. I like that I have friends like that now. Before I always felt when I had friends that they were always looking for something from me. I would give it to them, then they would disappear. So excited that there is a dating world online though. I've heard so many wonderful stories about people finding their partner online!

yay for good health

Troy's been going to an osteopath. They. Are. Awesome. He's really helped Troy out a lot with all of his aching body issues. I know he's going to avoid getting carpul tunnel, an ankle brace, and the like. Once we have no more medical insurance, he'll have to pay it out of pocket, but it will be so worth it. He'll have to drive up to the city though, because the Osteopath down home is so booked up he still is on a waiting list. Oh well though, he likes the guy he is with now, which is great. I'm glad I live in Canada and everything else medically wise is covered (instead of medications, and a lot of people complain about that). I can't even imagine living somewhere that didn't have medical, especially if I was living in poverty, crazy. There is a statistic out that 3 million Canadians live in poverty... I think it's got to be much more than that.

Volunteers Development for Africa

I'm so excited for my friend Brian. I met him in Kenya when I did my volunteer project. He started Volunteers Development for Africa. He was a great leader in our work camp, and I know that everything that he will do for his new organization will be amazing. I really want to go and check out what he's going going on, see one of his work camps, see how I can help back here in Canada. I've volunteered to be an ambassador for the organization. I hope I can put that to use and help people from here go there to volunteer with him.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

chirp for gold?

My parents, for my birthday last week, bought me a very beautiful gold and silver bracelet. I don't know how 'for' gold production I am (that's a lie, i'm against it) but it was a very nice gesture for them to see something pretty and think of me. Maybe that's what people think when they get gold for a gift . I see ads everywhere to buy gold online. I'm sure it's a good way to 'get rid' of all that 'old gold' you have lying around. I don't have any... but I can see lots of other people doing so.

My cats are chirpping at me to pet them! Gotta run :)

community

My friend sent me a local play fundraiser that's going on in May that I may go to. Someone in the South Shore is looking to have a free camp for children with special needs where they can ride horses, I think that's really awesome! I love seeing children in equestrian clothes, breeches, etc. :) Super cute. I really hope they do well, it's nice to hear of people starting up things like that. It makes me happy to hear people who really understand the sense of what 'community' is all about.

a-hiking we will go

So glad it's almost the weekend. I really want to do some hiking through the forest. I don't know if all the snow is gone but I'm really hoping. I think Troy will be up for it! I'll have to take my new camera with me too, I haven't taken a lot of pictures around the camp woods, not for many years. I took my Dad's old camera with some black and white film back when Troy and I first started dating, but other than that I didn't take a whole lof of pictures. I'm excited!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

oi vey!

I absolutely despise being sensitive to scents. When I went to Caleigh's place tonight her roommate had sprayed something and it almost knocked me out. Some of the cleaners at work at just toxic! They give me such a headache! It's a headache just getting a headache, because there is nothing I can do about it. Some green cleaning supplies do help, which is good, but not a lot of people I associate myself with are eco-friendly. I have to go out of my way to recycling sometimes when people are too lazy to sort it themselves. Oi vey! It's good that there is non scented things out there now, but I can't help but get agitated when people douse themselves in perfume and scents. It's NOT attractive.

searching

Even though we have no idea what we are doing... building a house? Buying a house? We are stuck. There are so many options to choose from (with either or decision) that it's just plain overwhelming. At the same time, I can't help but start to look for things for our home that we will have whenever we make up our minds.... I've been searching online for fridges, stoves, rustic furniture, you name it! Of course I'm still going to strive to be a minimalist, so not a whole lot of things... you know, just the essentials!

oh the long days and short nights

I've been finding it hard to sleep at night lately. With all the things going through my head, it's too much to think about. I need to start writing lists before I put my head down for the night. I just toss and turn. Troy's down home this week too so that doesn't help that he's not here! boo! I went over to Caleigh's house this evening and we watched '127 hours' it was pretty intense. I liked it, don't know if I would watch it again, but it was still good.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Troy's Birthday!

Troy's birthday is coming up. I'm thinking about getting him something for his drumkit, or billiards supplies. He loves both but I'm not sure. I would love to over time start to replace his whole drumset... little by little buy him so new pieces, of course that will take years, but that's okay. He loves playing pool, so I was thinking a pool cue. I think he would really like that too. I'm not too worried about him reading this, so I can thinking out loud on here! haha

the waiting game.

I've been scouting out the local jobs scene. Not too much, plus I'm early looking. I really don't need to start to be concerned until around August/September. So yah, it's way too soon. But like I said, I'm stuck in a place where I want to get on with a different part of my life and now I'm just playing the waiting game. I'm not really stressed about anything, but there are tough decisions that I have to make that makes waiting a really tough thing to do. I hate playing the waiting game. I consider myself a patient person, but not when it comes to these kinds of things.

Spring?


Spring in approaching. I can feel it in the air. I can smell it, and it's exciting! Today the sun was out... bright... warm! But it was still a bit windy to remind you to wear a coat. I didn't get a chance to bask in the glory of it all today, but there will be more days, I can feel it!! Winter was weird for me since I was travelling in it for 5 weeks straight. Funny thing, it didn't really bother me. The snowstorm in Winnipeg and Edmonton was a bit much, but still not awful. Oh how cold it was in the prairies!

a bit of a rant

I sometimes shouldn't read opinion pieces online. I get frustrated by middle-class people who think that their opinion is really important and should be heard, when most people don't really care. I was reading one about the primary screenings here in our area. The writer wrote about how ridiculous they were, how she took her child to get their ears, teeth, etc. checked, so the screening was pointless. My thoughts here, what about people who live in our community who can't afford to take their child to professionals, those who don't have insurance? She also wrote about how they should know more about child development, have child-sized chairs instead of big adult ones. I agree! But you can't expect every professional to also have a background in early childhood development.. can you imagine?!

The lady obviously knows her way around the school system. She's going through a disability appeal right now, sucky... but! I think there are so many more pros to doing the screenings then negative points to dwell on.

still in limbo

Still in limbo here. I hate having this feeling. I don't like having decisions hung over my shoulder, head, any body part really. It's Tuesday which is grand! I have a fairly busy week ahead, so that will make the weekend come even faster. I'm sitting here listening to Hey Rosetta! from Newfoundland. I'm totally obsessed with their new album - Seeds. They are doing a huge tour right now, which they kicked it off with Halifax, whoop!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

sports or no sports?

On the news the other day I watched the hockey player get smashed into the railing while on the ice. It looked awful. It made me cringe. Hockey is a physical sport, I understand that but when people can seriously injured, I start thinking... what's the point? If you're really good, ya, sure you can makes tons of money, it must be worth it, but is it worse getting seriously hurt or even dead? sport trophies, great, rewards, sure, money, even better. But I thinking living, surviving, is the best of all.

hello, who's calling?

Right now I have a cellphone through work which is sweet, since I didn't really use my cellphone when I did have one. I only really had it for emergencies, i did text a bit, but not too much. I am thinking about in the summer, getting a cellphone though, I'm not sure what to look for. I don't want to jump into the iphone fad but blackberry phones seem pretty cool. My Dad has had a few different ones and he really enjoys them. I have a few months to decide, it's good to check out different ones and read up on some reviews on them.

Hollyburn mountain


I went back a few posts and realized I didn't post about this wonderful experience Troy and I had while on our trip. We went snowshoeing for the first time (which was exciting) but what was even more amazing is that we snowshoed up a mountain! The trail was about 7-8 kilometres and climbed an elevations of approx. 450 metres. Some spots were steeeeeep, to say the least. My legs were SO sore for days afterwords. The view of Vancouver and the surrounding mountains was incrediable. I added this experience to my life list. I would recommend it to anyone who is in the Vancouver area! I wonder what it's like in summer, must be just as gorgerous!

decisions, decisions...

Troy and I are a bit stuck. We have been checking out some different houses to either buy or build, with so many options it makes it really hard to decide with what route to go. I am really itching to pay off my car, so of course I want to go with the cheapest option, but sometimes cheapest isn't always best... or is it? That's what we are a bit stuck with. Some of the cottages/houses we went to look at had some really beautiful features, glass mosaic tiles, skylights, 2 bathrooms, beautiful cabinents, etc. It's really tricky but I think no matter with what decision we make we'll be happy. We are leaning towards a tiny litle house in town. This would hopefully allow us to save money for a larger home in a few years.

Friday, March 11, 2011

head and heart

Why is it that my head and heart always collide?

I have many ambitions in life. Some that I can accomplish here, where I live, making a difference, building a sense of community inwards and outwards, but I can't hold myself back from travelling around and experiencing other cultures. I'm pretty sure I'm going to Thailand this August. So what does that mean? It means I have the bug once again. My friend told me a few months ago that she is planning on going on a missions trip to Thailand, and when she told me I thought 'perfect timing' since my apartment is up at the end of July and she's planning on leaving the beginning of August. So now I've been searching asia cruise, planes all over Asia in general. it's sick! But I love it. I would love to take a week or so after Thailand to travel all over the place. Don't know about those darn ol' finances though... we'll see...

lets talk about health

Troy and I are going to have to start a crazy 'To Do' list within these next few weeks. There is just so much going on right now with life changes that we are going to have to look at all the little things and figure out payments, work for me, mortgages, etc. One thing that we have been researching lately is short term health insurance Blue Cross. Blue Cross is pretty common around these areas and they seem to have the best rate for what we are looking for. I have a sweet health care plan where I am now but it's going to be no more when I leave my job at the end of July, so we are searching for something else. I'm ok, but Troy has been seeing an osteopath and trying to get his body straightened out so health insurance for us even short term is important. Anyone have any experience with getting your own health insurance?

stuck in limbo

So Troy and I went up to Cottage Country in Windsor. Some of the houses were absolutely beautiful, all of them were actually. There were a few different ones that we liked but it's going to be a bit tricky to decide what we are going to do. When we went back to Troy's brothers house to do our taxes this evening we used his mortgage calculator to see how everything works out, because he has a really good mortgage calculator. It's crazy, most of the time the bank makes around $100,000 off each house, no matter how cheap it is. It's insane. There is a lot of things to debate but we are going to hopefully have it all figured out in a few weeks. I hate being in limbo.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

so sad

I went out last night with my friend Leah to the E-pin restaurant I wrote about and we were talking about her friend who's mother and finance died within a month of each other. I really feel for him, I can't imagine how that must feel like. I met him and his finance this summer at the beach in Cape Breton and they were both really lovely people. I can't imagine the crazy amount of funeral planning he would have had to do in such a short amount of time. It's just sickening with melancholy. Even though I don't know him very well I feel like I should write him a letter. I hope people start bringing back snail mail. I love it, it's so much more personal.

Spring!

I'm so excited that spring is coming. I can feel it and smell it in the air. No more heated blanket, here I come cropped pants and thinner cotton shirts. I think it's time to look on etsy for some new little shirts! I have on my lifelist to have 50% of my clothing handmade and I'm working really hard. I'm inheriting my grandmothers sewing machine which I'm really excited about because I'm going to try and start making my own clothes. I know, I'm becoming a little ms. susy homemaker. I'm hoping to get really good and start selling in the markets because there isn't a lot of nice handmade clothing around halifax. I think it would go over really well.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Happy Birthday to ME!

Today I turned 24 years old! It was a good day. Most of my co-workers didn't realize it was my birthday because most people at work take their birthday off but I had a program to do that I didn't want to miss ... so.... I am taking tomorrow off and going up to Cottage Country in Windsor to look at some different cottages that Troy and I are considering buying for our home. They look really sweet from the website so I hope they fit with what we are looking for. We get to do our taxes too tomorrow! I've actually been itching to do this because I really want to see how much I owe or get back. We'll see!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

jewelry making

My friend Laura (who may be going to Thailand with me!) is thinking about making metal jewelry. She said she started working with some different materials since being in school to be an engineer that would be good for unique jewelry making. It sounded to me like using a metal punch, or soldering or something like that. I'll be interested to see it when she starts messing around with it. She's really creative so I know she'll make some really cool stuff. Hopefully she can get into the market and potentially do well!

Infant Massage

I'm so excited to start teaching Infant Massage full time. When I leave my job at the end of July I'm going to try and teach Infant Massage classes around where I live and will hopefully be able to make the same amount of money that I'm making now just by teaching a few clases a month. Awesome. I have to buy a lot of stuff to get starts, mats, name tags, oil, toys, dolls, etc. but it's going to be so worth it once I get it all situated and figured out. I'm going to try and make my own doll to teach on as well. I started to make it yesterday. I'm going to go slow though, so I don't get frustrated with it. I started to make a website for Infant Massage so I'll post it on here when I'm ready to start teaching.

e-pin = a1!

Tonight we went out for supper for my Birthday, even though my birthday is tomorrow. My friend Leah was in town so I invited my friend Caleigh out with us and we went to a Korean grill.. and it was awesome! It's a new resturant in the city, on Barrington street called E-pin Korean Grill and it was amazing. Great prices with a very unique dining experience. Usually I don't write about resturants, stores, etc. but this place was great. They were so friendly and food was great. Try it out all of you Haligonians!!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

job seeking

Since I'm going to have to be looking for a new job in a few months I have already started to look, just to kinda see what's out there now, but of course I'm a bit ahead of the game. It's hard not to get antsy though when you know it's coming. I keep coming across medical resumes, hospital jobs, etc. I guess it's a good time to be looking in that field, but not mine at the moment. I'm not nervous about getting a job though, I'm really going to persue my Infant Massage career and see if I can do that full time. I'm really excited about the posibility of teaching classes fulltime. I hope gas prices don't go up too high because that will not help me when it comes to charging for the classes, it will cost too much to travel to the various places to do them. I have started a website for it too, but it won't be up and running for awhile, since I won't start classes until the fall :)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

sleepy and clean?

Sitting here watching the oscars. I've been trying to get better, i've been sleeping a lot. It's hard to stay awake even though I've been sleeping all weekend. It's also hard to feel clean. When you rest and sleep so much you feel disgusting, well at least I do. I try to find some acne solutions and wash my face a few timse a day. Is that totally lame? I'm glad there isn't a whole lot going on tomorrow at work or I would feel really bad about calling in sick. I guess I have pretty good timing when sickness sets in.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Old Man Luedecke A & W Song


on Wednesday night Laura and I went downtown and saw Old Man Luedecke. I saw him preform last year sometime at The Company House. He is a really polished singer-songwriter. He tells some very great stories and really knows how to get the audidence dancing. I took this video with my new camera that I bought before my trip. It takes HD video and great sound. This song he wrote about a guy he saw as he was walking by a A & W drivetrue in Edmonton. The guy was in a taxi and he was couldn't get his debit card to work... so evoled this song.

Friday, February 25, 2011

waiting for spring

Once I start feeling better I'm hoping to get back on some sort of exercise schedule. I need some good ab workouts or something. i did yoga today and that made me feel a little bit better. I am going to try and start that back up again. It's funny how I thought vacation would help me with stuff like this. I was planning on stretchin, doing yoga and a little workout every morning - that didn't happen!! The girls at work are going back to Ufit which is good, i'm going to have to join them and get back into the swing of things. Even just going for a walk or something will be good a few times a week and now that Troy's up with me for a bit it should be easier to do. I'm really looking forward to spring - longer days :)

obsessions?

So I haven't been well. I took two days off and went to the doctor today and waiting to hear back to see if I have strep throat. I read up on it and figure that's what I have but I've never had it before so I'm not sure. I'm not sure when I'll start my antibiotics, I really hope that Troy doesn't get it. I have slept a lot these past two days, just feeling crappy. I did jinx myself because I was thinking the other day that I haven't been sick at all this winter, I've been lucky, no colds or anything. We'll see what happens over the weekend. I was reading up more on the soap nuts (yes i'm obsesssed) apparently you can use them for eczema treatments as well, crazy. I'm also obsessed with Hey Rosetta! lately, they make me happy.

Great Big Sea!


Last Saturday Night the city of Halifax put on a FREE concert! Great Big Sea! We got there in time to see Jeremy Fisher for the opening act. He was really great too! Great Big Sea played all their classics and had all 13,000 people dancing and singing. My voice was a bit raspy the next day. The concert was outside at that and it was flurring a bit. It was truely magical night.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

rollerblades!

I need to start exercising again! I'm having oatmeal for a snack, that's a good thing right? I'm so excited. The other day I found a pair of rollerblades at Value Village for $7, so that's added to my life list. I'm going to teach myself. I'm going to have to take muscle supplements to have strong legs!!! It will take a lot practice and will, but I can do it ;) My friend made fun of me the day after I bought them, telling me that I'm behind the times... but! I never had a chance to do it before so it's al new to me.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Soap Nuts!

I have a new obsession. Soap nuts. What are soap nuts? Let me tell you. They are a berry from India and Nepal and you can use them to do your laundry, an all purpose cleaner, bathing, shampoo, toothpaste, cleaning dishes - pretty much everything. And the best thing about them they are scent free. I can't stand anything these days. Shampoo and Troy's deodorant has been bothering me a lot lately.
A lot of different places online sell soap nuts, and I am going to start selling them around the city too. They are too good not to share the knowledge for everyone around me. They are especially good for people who have allergies. They are great for laundry - you don't even have to use a rinse cycle! You'd think they are expensive because they are 'organic' but they really aren't anymore expensive then buying all the cleaners, laundry soap, etc. They probably end up being cheaper!
Love it!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Milestones

My cousin in walking! He is only 10 months! My aunt sent me a video the other day of him walking and it was so adorable. Even though I work with small children on a daily basis I always get over excited about milestones! That and children's clothing, plaid shirt for boys, girls shorts, everything, I love it. I have been surrounded by little babies lately too, which I so exciting. Little babies make me happy, I can't help myself I just want to hold them and squeeze them, adorable.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

can you see what i see?

When Troy and I climbed Hollyburn Mountain in Vancouver last weekend he said, "I wish I had my binoculars!". It would be neat to invest in a pair of bushnell spotting scope if you do a lot of climbing, hiking, bird watching - it would be so worth it. There were times on the trip that I wish I could have seen something a bit more upclose - where a pair of those would come in handy - but alas! The mountain was incrediable. It gave me the workout of my life - that's for sure. My stomach muscles hurt for three days after. It was amazing, and totally worth it. There were grey jays that ate bread out of our hands -incrediable!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

More wedding pictures


When I got home, I had a huge pile of mail. I didn't realize how much mail i got in a short amount of time. One of the items in the mail was from our celebrant in Ottawa! H send us a cd with more pictures. Some of them were really great, it was nice to see photos from a different perspective. I checked out his website and even found out he used one of our photos - awesome!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Boom, boom!

One thing I didn't enjoy about my trip was being bombarded by scents. In the airport I think it was the worst. It's even worse when you can't escape it, people sitting beside you, people constanly walking by you, you can't avoid it, can't get away from it. Cigarettes, cao cigars, perfume - the worst. I was faced with some so potent that my eyes were burning and I felt so dizzy; a headache. Terrible. I'm just not 'outgoing' enough to tell people to go away. I don't know. It's frustating though. So people who wear perfume, please think twice you are really hurting people, literally!